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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Tensions ease in Bangkok as police allow protesters into government compound

Government order puts an end to days of violent clashes, but protest leader vows to fight on until Prime Minister stands down

A protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes with police near Government House in Bangkok

Police fend off mass protests in Bangkok

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters try to seize key sites in the Thai capital

Thai anti-government protesters climb a gate into the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai protesters storm army headquarters in growing attempts to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra

Protesters in Thailand stormed onto the grounds of the national army headquarters on Friday, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Berlusconi and Shinawatra: The billionaires who love power more than money

Both earned the lasting enmity of their political establishments yet remained popular

Ukraine’s divide over Europe is not just between East and West, but big business versus the individual

For Ukraine’s businessmen, integration no longer means gaining a new market, but losing a most important one

A fan inspects the damage at the partly finished Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, where two people died in an accident

World Cup 2014 stadium collapse: Deaths in Sao Paulo Arena Corinthians add to worries ahead of tournament

Fifa concerned at slow construction pace and Brazilian public’s protests over costs

Iraqis make their way through the flooded streets of Baghdad after last week’s storm. Many people have criticised the response from central and provincial authorities

Ten years after the invasion: Iraq helpless under rain of terror

Saddam Hussein may have gone but, for many poor Iraqis, little has improved. Now a devastating flood has left villagers homeless and there is precious little government support

Speaker John Bercow: 'the virtual corpse has staged an unexpected recovery'

Bored MPs fiddled their expenses as a 'displacement activity' because Parliament had become irrelevant, says John Bercow

MPs fiddled their expenses as a “displacement activity” because Parliament had become irrelevant and ineffective, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.

Protesters face a police barricade near the parliament buildings in Bangkok

Thailand protests: Long shadow of the 'Thaksin regime' prompts new crackdowns in Bangkok

Protesters overrun government ministries in an attempt to topple Yingluck Shinawatra, prompting the Prime Minister to declare a new emergency security law

Old ties: Ed Miliband talks to former group Co-op chairman Len Wardle in Downing Street in 2010

Exclusive: Ed Miliband says David Cameron's Tories in the gutter as 2015 election strategist Lynton Crosby pushes party towards the politics of division

Labour fears dirtiest Conservative campaign in 20 years, as Attorney General withdraws attack on Pakistani community

On the agenda: Batkid; Rob Ford; Breaking Bad; All Saints reunion; Christmas gifts

Middle-class problems: Christmas presents

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has said politicians must 'wake up' to the problem on corruption in some minority communities

Politicians must 'wake up' to corruption in Pakistani and ethnic minority communities says Attorney General Dominic Grieve

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve has claimed that some immigrant communities 'come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic'

Dr Zahi Hawass with Beyoncé during the singer's visit to the pyramids earlier this month

'Rude' Beyoncé banned from Pyramids by 'Egypt's Indiana Jones'

The controversial archaeologist Zahi Hawass reveals how her lateness led to upset

There have been pledges to clamp down on torture in China before - in 2009, 1,800 policemen were suspended for torturing inmates

Supreme Court rules China must stop using torture to extract confessions

'Illegal methods must be eliminated', court statement says, but human rights activists say any change remains to be seen

I said Hull was the worst town in the UK in my Crap Towns book, but now I’m queuing to visit

The city has even, I was told, got rid of its notorious pong

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London